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A FORGOTTEN MEMORY                                                                   French version

Since 1995, Cinemémoire has collected private collections of film. It has built up an archive of family films and undiscosed amateurs. Her mission, following regional and european rules, is to collect, digitize and keep archives, particularly from colonial times.

Those films are undisclosed and are a patrimony for mankind that needs to be preserved.

Taking them into consideration has been a struggle because they are “only” family films, they are fragile and fragmentary. Nevertheless, those images talk about man, anonymous people. They are a glimpse of the past. Sometimes there are some very rare images from important events.

This is why Cinememoire has been working on its memorial duty, to collect those images that, if they remain on the same support are doomed to disappear with time, taking away tha traces of all those looks and exixtences.

Those images have no meaning if they’re not shared. The images from colonial times have been shot in a context of political and economical domination where europeans had a monopole over means of audiovisual production. The africans had no cameras (or very few) to keep a trace of their memory. Nowadays, whatever use is made of those images, there is a need for a double outlook on thoses images. They have to go back to the place they describe and to the reality they witness. Sharing the images, sharing the memory is duty if we want to retrieve a common meaning.




Cinememoire, through its mission of film archive given by the PACA region has developped an expertise and formed specialists in the matters of:

Scanning : a technical officer is responsible for handling the telecine, to transfer coils of 8mm, super 8, 9.5 or 16 mm digital file. The techniques for data storage are foul-proof.

Storage : Silver media experience many changes, scratches, broken colures, degradation of colors. The coils require good storage conditions and maintenance specific to these materials

Documentation : An archive that is not documented, not referenced is a lost archive. Unlike conventional records, archives amateur involve specific semantic fields and an appropriate analysis of content. There is a need to know to decode the daily points of reference according to a to a geographical and political context. The librarians make use of special tools.

Making the best of those archives : A living memory is based on questioning archives. They are the bases of the development of collective knowledge. Focusing on individual memories provide another access to social memory. It helps understanding the stream of history through individual stories.
- Making the best of those archives involves putting the files in the service of educational activities, as they are documents of education to history.
- It also involves putting the archives back in the circuit of creation, to put them back in motion through a reappropriation of the past by contemporaries.

-Cinemé gives a direct access to archives around the world.



The Cinematheque is in line with the project initiated by UNESCO's “Memory of the World " , by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs with the a href="">plan image archives and with the INA, which participates in the preservation of audiovisual archives in the whole world.


Cinémémoire has begun working with associations or institutions concerned with audiovisual archives. It wants to be recognized as an expert in the archiving of private audiovisual funds in order to find funding that would allow developing a network of film lovers. In some countries, partners were identified and projects a outlined: in BENIN with the Radio Television Benin, in MADAGASCAR with the Association for the Protection of Audiovisual Archives FLACH, in SENEGAL with the IFAN, in ALGERIA with the Cinematheque of Algiers, and in Cambodia with the center Bophana. However the project has to be be developed with the other countries involved in the archives: Vietnam, Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt, Cameroon, Chad ...


Cinémémoire proposes to be the prime contractor for a project involving: - Building and sustaining a network of actors and structures dedicated to the preservation, dissemination and implementation of archival projects - Provide expertise of the needs and of the contribution that the return of cinémémoire’s funds could represent - To establish conventions for the retrieval of images, in conjunction with the INA and CNC



Cinémémoire, as a structure, place of formation, human resources, lab equipment,as it is supported by a regional, national and international network, would like to position itself as expert in the management of projects of audiovisual archives.


- Expertise and engineering toward conservation structures.

- Identify the state of funds and the available resources,

- Establish specifications of the mission

- Find budgetary strategies based on the French cooperation, South-South cooperation, OIF...



- Training of technicians, librarians,

- teaching workshops around the archives

- Develop plans to complete documentary or artistic works

- Develop exchanges of filmmakers between France and the country to cross viewpoints



- Spread the films made in France and abroad.

- Develop the project of a DVD collection

- Collect and circulate archives as required for a structure , allow research by topic or by country

- Build a "Shared Memory WebSite ", interactive, a space of reference, where the images and stories of the applicants would be collected.